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Black Bean and Pepper Salad with Cilantro & Lime

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I think this is the most beautiful salad I’ve ever made. I’m big on color in my food and this salad definitely delivers! Not only that, but it is incredibly healthy and flavorful. It all comes together really well with the creamy beans & sweet peppers balancing the heat in the dressing (which isn’t too hot, just hot enough) and the lime and cilantro add a flavorful punch. And you know what I really love about it? It calls for an entire bunch of cilantro, so I don’t have to leave 9/10 of a bunch sitting in the fridge, wondering what I’ll make with it until I forget about it and clean out the fridge a month later to discover a produce bag filled with green-brown muck. Woo-hoo! And no, it isn’t too much cilantro. It’s perfect. And since it’s so healthy, I felt justified using salty tortilla chips to eat it with, turning it into a sort of bean & pepper pico de gallo. Fabulous!

Black Bean and Pepper Salad with Cilantro and Lime
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Dressing:
1 lime
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp. ground Chipotle pepper
1/2 tsp. chile powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 t salt
fresh ground pepper to taste

Salad:
1 can black beans, rinsed well and drained
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
(could use any combination of colors for the pepper, or use 2 red peppers)
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped

Grate the zest from the lime into a small bowl, then juice the lime and add 2 tablespoons of it to the zest. Stir in the remaining ingredients; set aside.

Combine the salad ingredients in a bowl. Pour the dressing over and stir. Serve immediately or store in the fridge, giving another stir before serving. 

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information (per serving): 214 cal; 8 g fat (1.2 g saturated, 1.4 polyunsaturated, 5.1 monounsaturated); 149 mg sodium; 591 mg potassium; 30 g carb; 10 g fiber; 9.1 g protein

Recipe Source: slightly adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

8 responses »

  1. Wow, it’s so colorful! Amazing salad!

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  2. your salad is so pretty! it looks yummy too.

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  3. Looks good! I love the colors too :) It’s springy!

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  4. That sounds so good and fresh. Can’t wait to make this!

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  5. All the colors in there are gorgeous! I love your idea of eating this with tortilla chips…I bet it would also be fantastic on top of fish!

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  6. I like the way your mind thinks. This definitely allows a bit of salty tortilla chips! ;-)
    It IS so colorful and bright and cheery! I hope the weather is better over there!

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  7. foododelmundo

    Gorgeous colors! This has to be my favorite summer salad. I eat it so much that by the end of the summer I can’t stand to look at it anymore. Then a year rolls by and I can’t get enough. Thanks for sharing another variation!
    ~Mary

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  8. Just a quick message to say thank you for your lovely comment on bakerella’s blog (alice in the uk!). Isn’t bakerella amazing?

    Your blog is lovely and what could be better than the combination of cilantro and lime? Oh BLISS!

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